The Whisky Laird’s Bed

Go to Short Story →← Go to Book 1

The Rake Patrol Series Book 2

Lady of temperance, laird of temptation…

Claire Starke has no illusions about her future. As her father repeatedly reminded her, her looks would never win a husband, and her poverty makes her an even less suitable wife. Luckily, her comrades at the Rake Patrol have given her joy and comfort—enough to quell the dull ache for a family of her own. So, when fellow member Faith runs off to the Highlands, investigating a whisky distiller advertising for an English wife, Claire sees no choice but to save her friend from this intemperate and lustful man. But she didn’t expect the Highland laird to be so intriguing, or to begin questioning her own restraint…

Still reeling from the distillery accident which left him scarred and shaken, Cameron MacPherson has no plans to marry, even if his mother is determined to tie him to one of the British milquetoasts parading through his castle. But when Claire bursts upon the scene, hurling accusations about alcohol and ruin, he finds the reformer fascinating. The fact that she stands up to him when others shrink away is more than charming—this one has spirit and, to be honest, he wouldn’t mind drinking a deep draught of her…

"Claire will break your heart, while Cameron will steal it. You definitely won’t want to miss how this whisky distiller opens the heart and mind of his teetotaler."

The Naughty Librarians Blog

"Donna MacMeans weaves a story full of passion, twists, and unexpected turns that makes you cheer for the unlikely couple every step of the way. The author creates a tantalizing conflict of interests between hero and heroine and manages to keep the level of tension tight and intriguing throughout the novel. I loved the ingenious kissing scene between Cameron and Claire that is not only tantalizing but also shows how each character has changed through their connection to each other. Top  Pick, 5 stars!"

Christy Carlyle, Night Owl Reviews 

"On the edge of my seat through the whole book, waiting for the inevitable to happen…and oh so glad when it did! Twists and turns abound and leave you on the edge of your seat for these two characters. A wonderful historical love story that left me teary eyed."

Rosalie Belle, Guilty Pleasures 

"This is such a great story I fell into it from the first page and didn’t want to put it down the setting is beautiful and of course the hero Cameron is to die for. Cameron runs the family Whisky distillery in Scotland and when Clair an English temperance woman arrives uninvited on his doorstep the journey begins this is a fun and very sensual story as two people with totally different views fall for each other the characters from the town enrich the story and will have you turning the pages and smiling throughout. I highly recommend this one don’t miss it."

Helen Sibbritt 

"The beauty of Scotland comes alive in the words of MacMeans (The Casanova Code) as if through the eyes of a talented photographer. The temperance movement, its history, and the difficulty faced by both sides are masterfully revealed. Finally, the developing friendship between our protagonists holds the perfect blend of steam and romance to please the most discriminating readers."

Heather Lisa Maneiro, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Library Journal